Tin Can Alley is a non-technical trail that connects Mule Canyon to the Odessa / Doran Loop. As the trail cuts through a large valley, you will see a short canyon, miles of sandy road and gradual gravel assent and descent to the canyons ahead. During the mining era all of the trash, which was mostly comprised of tin cans, was dumped on this road. Clean up efforts over the years have removed the majority of the trash. When you first enter the trail from the east the remnants can still be seen on the left.
If you are driving north on Mule Canyon, the trailhead for Tin Can Alley is on your left hand side. There is a good sized rock at the intersection. Once you have made the turn, 50 yards ahead on the left, are remnants of the old tin can dump. Back in the mining days, locals would dump their trash in this short canyon.
From Interstate 15 heading north, take the second Calico exit and go left towards the Calico Ghost Town. Approximately 1 mile on the right hand side is a dirt road named Mule Canyon - CM7630. It is clearly marked with a modern street sign. Follow Mule Canyon for approximately 4.3 miles. Tin Can Alley is the road road on the left hand side.
I have been a southern California native my entire life. Growing up we spent a lot of time in the Eastern High Sierras, the Calico Canyons and the San Bernadino Mountains. When I got my first car, my free time revolved around it. A few years later I got my first off-road truck. Now I was able spend time doing all the things I loved.
Over the years I have had a variety of different off-road vehicles. Some were stock, while others were highly modified. With my son recently getting his own 1st generation Toyota 4Runner, we have been spending more time working on his truck and hitting the trails.
Whether exploring, hiking, hunting or camping, being outdoors with my family is how I want to spend my down time. Life is too short to spend it on the couch. Go out there and find your next adventure.